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Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 2 - 1961
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Complete Pop Instrumental Hits
of the Sixties, Vol. 2 – 1961
      Complete 60s Records

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No words can describe this great second release from Complete 60s Records – because there are no words! This exciting new label from England is undertaking an unprecedented project to compile every single Billboard Hot 100 instrumental hit of the 1960s. Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 2 – 1961 is the second in a series of releases that will definitively document the decade when the pop instrumental genre truly reached its zenith. (The first volume – 1960 – is still available.)

Rock, rhythm ’n’ blues, country, and orchestral instrumental singles all vied for a spot in the Hot 100 weekly charts. Hundreds of them earned that coveted spot in history, and when this project is complete you’ll own them all in the order they peaked on the charts! That way, you can experience them the way the world did in 1961. You’ll hear how surf music evolved, how rock combos and orchestral arrangers influenced each other, and how easy listening emerged as a distinct sound during this golden decade.

Bert Kaempfert, Al Caiola, Billy Vaughn, Sandy Nelson, The Ventures – these giants of the genre are all here on Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 2 – 1961. But, so are The Viscounts, The Texans, The Don Shirley Trio & Jack Eubanks. Who, you ask? All of them scored instrumental hits in 1961, but none of them have ever been on a CD before now. In fact, this 86-track, 3-CD set includes no less than 17 CD debuts and dozens of genuinely rare tracks – 50 in true stereo. That’s nearly three & a half hours of music!

The research team at Complete 60s combed the vaults for the best possible sources for these wordless wonders, making sure to locate the original hit versions in true stereo whenever possible. Then, no less than three sound engineers carefully remastered the original recordings until the twangy guitars, pounding drums, and soaring strings practically leap out of your speakers. You’ll be speechless! Thank goodness, however, writer Greg Adams wasn’t at a loss for words. His detailed, 28-page liner notes include biographies of all 53 artists, plus release notes and chart information for every track.

The same creative folks who lovingly compile those great Eric CDs in the States are working on this project, so you know there’s the same commitment to high quality sound and attention to detail missing from so many oldies collections. Why settle for less? Why take a chance with risky, off-brand, mediocre MP3 downloads of dubious origin? Simply put, if you love instrumentals (of any kind), Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties is the final word!

– 17 CD DEBUTS! 3 DISCS, 86 TRACKS, 204 MINUTES OF MUSIC! –
– DIGITALLY REMASTERED FOR HIGHEST QUALITY SOUND –

– DISC ONE –
Listen Track Title Artist Chart Date Stereo
Mono
play 1. WONDERLAND BY NIGHT Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra #1 1/9/61 Stereo
play 2. WONDERLAND BY NIGHT Louis Prima #15 1/9/61 Stereo
play 3. CD DebutWABASH BLUES The Viscounts #77 1/9/61 Mono
play 4. CHERRY PINK AND APPLE BLOSSOM WHITE Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats #56 1/9/61 Stereo
play 5. EXODUS Ferrante & Teicher #2 1/23/61 Stereo
play 6. MAIN THEME FROM EXODUS (Ari’s Theme) Mantovani & His Orchestra #31 1/23/61 Stereo
play 7. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Al Caiola & His Orchestra #35 1/23/61 Stereo
play 8. FLAMINGO EXPRESS The Royaltones #82 1/23/61 Mono
play 9. PEPE Duane Eddy & The Rebels #18 2/6/61 Stereo
play 10. U.S. CD DebutLOST LOVE H.B. Barnum #35 2/6/61 Mono
play 11. CALCUTTA Lawrence Welk & His Orchestra #1 2/13/61 Stereo
play 12. (Ghost) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Ramrods #30 2/20/61 Mono
play 13. JA-DA Johnny & The Hurricanes #86 2/27/61 Mono
play 14. WHEELS The String-A-Longs #3 3/6/61 Stereo
play 15. RAM-BUNK-SHUSH The Ventures #29 3/6/61 Stereo
play 16. CERVEZA Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra #73 3/6/61 Stereo
play 17. CD Debut(Theme From) TUNES OF GLORY The Cambridge Strings & Singers #60 3/6/61 Stereo
play 18. TUNES OF GLORY Mitch Miller & His Orchestra #88 3/6/61 Stereo
play 19. WHEELS Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra #28 3/13/61 Stereo
play 20. HONKY TONK (Part 2) Bill Doggett #57 3/20/61 Mono
play 21. CD DebutHEARTS OF STONE Bill Black’s Combo #20 3/20/61 Mono
play 22. ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra #63 3/20/61 Stereo
play 23. CD DebutGREEN GRASS OF TEXAS The Texans #100 3/27/61 Mono
play 24. APACHE Jorgen Ingmann #2 4/3/61 Mono
play 25. (Theme From) THE GREAT IMPOSTER Henry Mancini & His Orchestra #90 4/3/61 Stereo
play 26. HIDE AWAY Freddie King #29 4/10/61 Stereo
play 27. Stereo CD DebutASIA MINOR Kokomo #8 4/17/61 Stereo
play 28. ON THE REBOUND Floyd Cramer #4 4/17/61 Stereo
play 29. THEME FROM DIXIE Duane Eddy & The Rebels #39 4/17/61 Stereo
 
– DISC TWO –
Listen Track Title Artist Chart Date Stereo
Mono
play 1. (Love Theme From) ONE EYED JACKS Ferrante & Teicher #37 4/17/61 Stereo
play 2. (Theme From) MY THREE SONS Lawrence Welk & His Orchestra #55 4/17/61 Stereo
play 3. LIKE, LONG HAIR Paul Revere & The Raiders #38 4/17/61 Mono
play 4. U.S. CD DebutBRASS BUTTONS The String-A-Longs #35 4/17/61 Stereo
play 5. TENDERLY Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra #31 4/24/61 Stereo
play 6. HOP SCOTCH Santo & Johnny #90 4/24/61 Mono
play 7. ONE MINT JULEP Ray Charles #8 5/1/61 Stereo
play 8. BUMBLE BOOGIE B. Bumble & The Stingers #21 5/8/61 Mono
play 9. UNDERWATER The Frogmen #44 5/8/61 Mono
play 10. AFRICAN WALTZ The Cannonball Adderley Orchestra #41 5/8/61 Stereo
play 11. BONANZA Al Caiola & His Orchestra #19 5/15/61 Stereo
play 12. LULLABY OF THE LEAVES The Ventures #69 5/15/61 Stereo
play 13. THAT’S THE WAY WITH LOVE Peter Soffici #59 5/29/61 Mono
play 14. EXODUS Eddie Harris #36 6/5/61 Stereo
play 15. RING OF FIRE Duane Eddy & The Rebels #84 6/5/61 Stereo
play 16. ANNA Jorgen Ingmann #54 6/12/61 Mono
play 17. (Theme From) GOODBYE AGAIN Ferrante & Teicher #85 6/26/61 Stereo
play 18. YOU CAN’T SIT DOWN (Part 2) The Phil Upchurch Combo #29 7/3/61 Mono
play 19. CD DebutOLE BUTTERMILK SKY Bill Black’s Combo #25 7/10/61 Mono
play 20. BLUE TOMORROW Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra #84 7/10/61 Stereo
play 21. YELLOW BIRD Lawrence Welk & His Orchestra #71 7/10/61 Stereo
play 22. (The Graduation Song...) POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE Adrian Kimberly #34 7/10/61 Mono
play 23. BOOGIE WOOGIE B. Bumble & The Stingers #89 7/10/61 Mono
play 24. SAN ANTONIO ROSE Floyd Cramer #8 7/17/61 Stereo
play 25. SHOULD I The String-A-Longs #42 7/17/61 Mono
play 26. YELLOW BIRD The Arthur Lyman Group #4 7/24/61 Stereo
play 27. DRIVIN’ HOME Duane Eddy & The Rebels #87 7/24/61 Stereo
play 28. CD DebutLA DOLCE VITA (The Sweet Life) Ray Ellis & His Orchestra #81 7/31/61 Stereo
play 29. LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys #3 8/7/61 Mono
 
– DISC THREE –
Listen Track Title Artist Chart Date Stereo
Mono
play 1. THE CHARLESTON The Ernie Fields Orchestra #47 8/14/61 Mono
play 2. QUITE A PARTY The Fireballs #27 8/14/61 Mono
play 3. CD DebutTHE GUNS OF NAVARONE Joe Reisman & His Orchestra #74 8/14/61 Mono
play 4. SAN-HO-ZAY Freddie King #47 8/28/61 Stereo
play 5. NOW AND FOREVER Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra #48 9/4/61 Stereo
play 6. BACK BEAT NO. 1 The Rondels #66 9/4/61 Mono
play 7. (Theme From) SILVER CITY The Ventures #83 9/11/61 Stereo
play 8. MY BLUE HEAVEN Duane Eddy & The Rebels #50 9/18/61 Mono
play 9. NIGHT TRAIN Richard Hayman & His Orchestra #80 9/18/61 Stereo
play 10. MEXICO Bob Moore & His Orchestra #7 10/2/61 Stereo
play 11. CD DebutRIDERS IN THE SKY Lawrence Welk & His Orchestra #87 10/2/61 Mono
play 12. Stereo CD DebutWATER BOY The Don Shirley Trio #40 10/9/61 Stereo
play 13. TAKE FIVE The Dave Brubeck Quartet #25 10/9/61 Mono
play 14. CD DebutHONKY TRAIN Bill Black’s Combo #92 10/9/61 Mono
play 15. CD DebutMOVIN’ Bill Black’s Combo #41 10/9/61 Mono
play 16. CD DebutHANG ON Floyd Cramer #95 10/9/61 Stereo
play 17. U.S. CD DebutIMAGE (Part 1) Hank Levine & His Orchestra #98 10/9/61 Mono
play 18. CD DebutLATE DATE The Parkays #89 10/16/61 Mono
play 19. STICK SHIFT The Duals #25 10/23/61 Mono
play 20. YOUR LAST GOODBYE Floyd Cramer #63 10/23/61 Stereo
play 21. BERLIN MELODY Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra #61 11/6/61 Stereo
play 22. MORNING AFTER The Mar-Keys #60 11/6/61 Mono
play 23. COME SEPTEMBER Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra #73 11/6/61 Stereo
play 24. BLUE MOON The Ventures #54 11/20/61 Stereo
play 25. CD DebutSEARCHING Jack Eubanks & The Sound Of The South #83 12/4/61 Mono
play 26. TONIGHT Ferrante & Teicher #8 12/11/61 Stereo
play 27. UP A LAZY RIVER Si Zentner & His Orchestra #43 12/11/61 Stereo
play 28. LET THERE BE DRUMS Sandy Nelson #7 12/18/61 Mono

Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburn’s Record Research series of Billboard chart books.

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